The new year begins brightly in Fort Worth, with plenty of new restaurants to try. Whether you're craving an Asian sandwich, New York-style pizza, tacos, or biscuits, this list has something for you.
Here are 8 hot new restaurants to try in January:
Banh Mi Viet
Family-run restaurant at 7630 N. Beach St. in far north Fort Worth does Vietnam food, specializing in the hip sandwich known as the banh mi. Owner Nhien Nguyen and his family opened the restaurant two years ago, with the idea of taking Vietnam's signature sandwich and making it in a way that was both authentic, yet appealing to mainstream tastes. In addition to the traditional version with pork and pate, they offer other varieties including chicken, shrimp, and tofu. They also do salads, rice bowls, noodles, wings, sweet potato fries, and even a clam chowder. The quality is good, and the prices are cheap. 817-849-2550.
Dwell Coffee & Biscuits
Coffee shop with a thing for biscuits has spread its wings, with a new second location in Fort Worth, near TCU at 3113 S. University Dr. The shop is from husband-and-wife Jeff and Stephanie Brannon, who opened their first location in Burleson in 2014. They do espresso-based drinks — from basic lattes and cappuccinos to seasonal flavored drinks such as peppermint mochas — plus pourovers, matcha green tea drinks, and cold brew coffee. Their menu includes mini buttermilk biscuits in seasonal flavors such as gingerbread with cream cheese frosting, cinnamon roll, honey-glazed ham, and cookie dough, plus biscuit sandwiches with scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheese.
Four Sisters - Taste of Vietnam
Vietnamese restaurant in a hip, modern building at 1001 S. Main St. is from Tuan Pham, a former chef at Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Café. The restaurant's name is a tipoff to the family theme, with a menu that incorporates family recipes. The lineup ranges from classics such as shaken beef and lemongrass tofu, to trendy items like bao buns and pho, to creative, upscale dishes such as stir-fried lobster and crab fried rice. The restaurant has a full liquor license, with craft cocktails served at a well-appointed bar. 682-385-9353.
This New York-based pizza chain first debuted in Dallas in 2007 and has taken its expansion in the area very slowly, with Grapevine the most westerly of its six locations up until now. The chain finally opened its first Fort Worth location in December, in the Shops at Clearfork, with its trademark red-and-white checkered tablecloths and vintage black and white photos of New York. Their pizza is classic New York-style with chewy sheath of mozzarella atop a distinctive thin crust, rendered crispy via the use of an oven partially fired by coal. The menu is limited: Beyond pizza, there are salads, calzone, wine and beer, and a great New York cheesecake.
Hurts Donut Co.
Missouri doughnut chain with 19 locations first landed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2018 with a store in Frisco. Now there is one for Fort Worth, at 901 Foch St., in a space that was once a fabric store called Anzea. Hurts serves more than 70 varieties of oversized doughnuts, along with cinnamon rolls, coffee, and doughnut milkshakes. Doughnut flavors include maple-bacon, Andes mint, birthday cake, s'mores, cotton candy, and one topped with Fruity Pebbles cereal. The doughnuts are your basic vanilla cake; it's the toppings that make them what they are. Hurts' fun kitschy spirit includes a vividly colored dining room with a swing set in its midst.
Taqueria newly opened at 3011 Bledsoe St. comes from Dallas with a swinging, hipster vibe. It has a cool hole-in-the-wall feeling, with communal seating, and extra-late night hours for hitting up after the clubs. Its tacos are street-style with fillings such as chicken, pastor, barbacoa, steak, and veggie. There are also burritos and nachos, and two great post-party snacks: loaded fries, topped with any choice of taco filling; and elotes, dusted with hot Cheetos. At $2 to $3 each, it's also super cheap.
Quixote Bakery Cafe
This mom-and-pop French bakery is open limited hours — Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am-3 pm — and is tucked away off Grapevine Highway in North Richland Hills, at 7272 Glenview Dr. And yet somehow, it made the Yelp's list of top 100 places to eat in 2019, where it came in at No. 80. Maybe that's because its croissants, eclairs, fruit tarts, cheesecake, sandwiches and other pastries have earned it 5 stars on the review site. It's owned by husband-and-wife Roland and Sayda Rapalo; Sayda, who trained at a bakery school in France, does the baking. 682-626-5129.
Colorado concept specializing in healthy bowls has been doing a Texas invasion with locations in Dallas, Flower Mound, and now in Keller, at 242 Rufe Snow Dr. Rush offers meals with fruit, granola, and honey, blended with peanut butter, protein, vitamins, and other nutritious ingredients. Customers can choose from more than 40 signature bowls or smoothies made with fruit and vegetable bases, including acai, kale, and avocado. Bowls are available in vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free options. Anything can be custom-made to cater to any dietary need.
This import from Dallas' Greenville Avenue is a modern Japanese restaurant from chef Dien Nguyen, who worked for many years with Fort Worth chef Kenzo Tran. Wabi specializes in ramen, with a half-dozen varieties, but Nguyen's menu is a creative adventure with dishes such as crispy pig ears and chicken heart skewers. The original, located on Greenville Avenue, attracts big crowds, especially late at night, as they stay open into the wee hours on weekends. Wabi Fort Worth is at 1229 8th Ave., in a former doctor's office in the Medical District, now transitioning to a buzzy dining and entertainment area.